Thursday, 23 February 2017

Links to digitised documents to be added to Aspire Reading Lists

As of Tuesday 28th February, reading lists requiring articles and/or chapters to be digitised will be processed in a new way to streamline the service for students.
Digitised readings e.g. books chapters or journal articles for seminars etc. are currently deposited in a folder in your Blackboard module called Digitised Documents.
From 2017-2018 you will be able to click through to digitised documents from the corresponding items in the Aspire Reading List.
  • Find the Aspire Reading List in the left menu of your Blackboard module.
  • You may need to enter your Aber username and password to access the first document you open
In the new process, links to digitised articles and chapters will be pasted directly into the corresponding items in the Aspire reading list by library staff who will then republish the list. Subsequently when a student clicks on the article or chapter in the Aspire reading list in Blackboard, they will click through directly to the digitised document.
This change is taking place on a rolling basis. If you publish a new reading list, or re-publish one for which nothing has been digitised for this academic year, it will get the new treatment. If you re-publish your list to get a few extra digitisations for a module that is currently running, library staff will add the readings to the existing Digitised Documents folder in the Blackboard module.
Module co-ordinators will want to bear this change in mind when updating Aspire lists for the new academic year, particularly where they may have added notes to students in the lists and/or in Blackboard referring students to the Digitised Documents folder. Follow these instructions to add further articles or chapters to Aspire lists for digitisation.
Contact your subject librarian or 01970621896 if you have any questions or would like a quick demonstration.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Resource of the Month; Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts provides access to over one million free on demand television and radio programmes for learning, research and teaching purposes.

Why the resource is useful for students;
  • Box of Broadcasts provides recently aired and older archived television and radio shows which are available to record and view on demand.
  • Box of Broadcasts’ on demand programmes are now available to access and view anywhere across multiple platforms – compatible devices include desktop, iOS, Android and Windows mobiles.
  • Programmes from over 60 Freeview television, radio and foreign language channels are available to view and record – these include BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, S4C, Sky News and BBC Radio Cymru.
Visit Box of Broadcasts at:

If accessing Box of Broadcasts away from campus, connect via the University’s VPN first:

Watch this video tutorial about how to use Box of Broadcasts:

Contact for further information or to arrange a demonstration.